Halifax County experienced two tornado events, the first occurring on April 16, 2011 and the second on April 27, 2011. A total of 38 homes were damaged of which 13 were destroyed and nine (9) sustained major damages. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified both massive destructive storms as being EF2 tornados.
Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in Halifax County in response to the severe weather across the commonwealth, authorizing state agencies to assist local efforts in response and recovery efforts. 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt visited the County to assess the tornado damage in the Nathalie area and the tornado damaged neighborhoods located along Liberty Road. In October 2011, the County requested Urgent Needs Funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's (VDHCD) to assist four (4) low- and moderate-income households, totaling 13 persons, whose homes were destroyed by the tornadoes.
The Halifax County Urgent Needs Project will substantially reconstruct all four homes. The County executed a contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development in September 2012 in the amount of $321,500. It is anticipated project activities will be completed by August 2013.